April 11th, 2012
06:09 PM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich: I won't drop out

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich stood by his claim that the GOP presidential field has now become a two-man race between him and Mitt Romney, after Rick Santorum suspended his campaign Tuesday.

"I want to do what I do best, which is talk about big solutions and big approaches," Gingrich said Wednesday on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "I want to keep campaigning."

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The former House speaker quickly pounced on Santorum's exit from the race, releasing a statement asking Santorum's supporters to join his side. Since then, Gingrich said, more than 4,200 people have donated money to his campaign.

As he held events in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Delaware in the last day, Gingrich said "not a single person" asked him to drop out and argued the media was the only voice calling for his withdraw.

"These are the same people who asked me to drop out last June," Gingrich said. "I didn't do it then. I won't do it now."

The candidate has faced questions about his campaign's financial stability in recent weeks. His campaign began charging supporters $50 to take a photo with the candidate, and last week, his former think tank filed for bankruptcy.

On Wednesday, a $500 bounced check came back to the campaign from the state of Utah, after it failed to clear the bank in an attempt to pay a filing fee to get on the ballot. Calling it a bank error, Gingrich said the check was written last December from an account that was closed before the check got processed.

Giving no sign he's ready to back down, Gingrich said he will stay in the running until Romney clinches the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination.

"Gov. Romney does not yet have the nomination, despite every effort to get people to concede it, and I have every right to continue to campaign until he gets a majority," Gingrich said, adding that once Romney becomes the presumptive nominee, he will support the candidate.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Gingrich: I won't drop out"

    That's only because he hasn't really tuned in yet. Dude lives in a narcisisstic delusional fantasyland in his own head.

    April 11, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    bouncing checks is not a great way to keep running a campaign

    April 11, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Hopefully Newt has enough money to cover his bad check for $500.

    April 11, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. Jamie from Riverside

    This guy is just one big bowl of wrong.

    April 11, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. James R.

    As Speaker of the House he tried to destroy the government. As Rep. candidate he's trying to destroy his party. The US needs him like a hole in the head.

    April 11, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. Ed1

    You don't have a chance time to stop and save some money.

    April 11, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. justaminit

    Drop out? You have to be a contender to drop out. What a self-absorbed loser this guy is. Pride of the GOP is the Newt!

    April 11, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Romney is not My Hero

    "...releasing a statement asking Santorum's supporters to join his side. Since then, Gingrich said, more than 4,200 people have donated money to his campaign."

    Well there goes 4,200 more nutcases to jump on the short bus of failure. This guy is bouncing checks, firing people and spending all the "campaign" money on his own interests (i.e. buying expensive gifts for Ms. Tiffany Credit Limit and books deals).

    April 11, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. Steve

    C'mon, Newt, buddy. It's over. You are so far behind it's embarrassing to say you're in second place. No, Newt, you are not going to have a Republican fairy godmother tap you on the head at the Republican convention and magically make you the nominee. I would be willing to bet that if Romney dropped out today, you'd STILL have trouble getting nominated. Everyone remembers you are a serial adulterer (so much for being a religious conservative). Everyone remembers you got bounced from your job as Speaker of the House for ethics violations, and almost went to jail for it. Everyone remembers that after you "left politics" you got a cushy job as a lobbyist with a salary of over a million a year, trying to influence your former buddies in Congress. Everyone remembers that as you started your presidential bid, you denied you were a lobbyist, saying you were a "historian". Sorry, Newt. Americans generally don't trust politicians, and you, sir, are the worst of the worst. The only thing keeping you in the race and wasting money is your own ego. Go home. Retire. Write a book. You're toast.

    April 11, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Gingrich says he won't drop out!!! ?????? DROP OUTOF WHAT ????? He has already BEEN dropped out by the voters!!!!!!!What part of "GOODBYE" doesn't he understand?????

    April 11, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. Emmy Skaddittle

    the man is delusional, but at least he won his some state

    April 11, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  12. works4me

    How sad for America that this slime is even mentioned, let alone his low position in the polls.
    It just shows the need for higher education AND moral standards is profound, in America.

    April 11, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  13. MWM

    If he truly has a plan to reduce gasoline prices he would be a shoo-in if he would produce it now. If he does not, he should quit promising something he knows he cannot deliver.

    April 11, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. the situation

    Dude, just drop out! You're bouncing checks now. You are just embarrassing yourself each and every day.

    April 11, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. ron

    Hang in there Newt. I won't vote for you, but I think romney's toast already. You'll lose to Obama, but at least the GOP base will have the candidate of their choosing instead of what big money crams down their throats!

    April 11, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. cisco4

    Maybe Gingrich would be considered as a VP to Romney?

    April 11, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. Steven Colo

    Big ideas are more valuable than knowing how to write a check?

    April 11, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |